There are very few intelligent arguments in favor of legal abortion, but there are very few as exceptionally stupid as the one fired at me on Twitter yesterday by “ProChoicePEI,” who describes herself as a “Pro-choice advocate, feminist.
This story is truly disturbing.
According to the Huffington Post UK: “A ‘very damaged’ 13-year-old girl was ordered to have an abortion by Britain's most senior family judge, it has been revealed.
The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was impregnated by a 14-year-old boy and initially wanted to keep her baby.”
The other day, LifeSiteNews writer Hilary White posted an interesting question: “A question that has been haunting me lately: given what we know, given what is happening in the world, what business do we have pursuing a quiet, ordinary life?” That depends, I suppose, on your definition of quiet and ordinary, but it reminded me of a quote from Ronald Reagan that applies perfectly to today’s culture wars.
I suppose somewhat predictably, my recent blog post critiquing the history of the group “Abolish Human Abortion” (AHA) has resulted in quite the debate, ranging from the interesting to the bizarre. (One AHA member informed me that, “I do think your blog was inspired by God, to expose you as an anti-abolitionist.” Whatever that means.) T. Russell Hunter has released several YouTube videos to address my arguments as well as commenting on various strings.
Along with many other pro-lifers, I noticed the emergence of a group called “Abolish Human Abortion” (AHA) around the time of the 2012 election with some interest. Their graphic design was fantastic, their slogans catchy, and their focus on churches warranted. However, this group has increasingly attempted to make a number of outlandish historical claims, including that they are “abolitionists” while those of us in the pro-life movement are not.
Many cultural commentators and media talking heads have labelled the 21stcentury the “surveillance age,” citing the increasingly omnipresent eye of the state and the slowly shrinking segment of our daily lives that remains unrecorded by the faceless automatons of government bureaucracy. The unsurprising revelations of former NSA employee Edward Snowden that the American government is actually recording more information than we knew previously has prompted countless comparisons to the dystopia of George Orwell’s 1984.
The passing of abortion pioneer Henry Morgentaler has provoked many reactions on all fronts of the abortion fight. The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada rejoiced darkly that Morgentaler “did not ‘repent’ or have a ‘deathbed conversion,’ or make things ‘right with his maker.’” My colleague Stephanie Gray noted that Dr. Morgentaler’s death necessitates, as the passing of any fellow human does, an examination of what we are doing with our brief allotment of time on Earth.